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Ohio State RB questions answered with addition of former Oklahoma star Trey Sermon


Trey Sermon in action against Texas Tech (courtesy Oklahoma Athletic Communications)


The Ohio State Buckeyes have always had great running backs.

But with J.K. Dobbins leaving for the NFL after the 2019 season, there were alot of fans and media wondering who would be the feature back.

Ohio State has a bunch of talented backs in Master Teague, Steele Chambers, Marcus Crowley and Demario McCall, but none of them have ever been the 20-25 times a game feature back that Dobbins was the past three seasons. Granted, Teague played more than all of them during this past season, but he mostly played when the Buckeyes had the game sealed up before halftime. He did show explosiveness, physicality and speed during his opportunities.

Trey Sermon

Entering the picture to answer the big question for everybody is graduate transfer Trey Sermon of Oklahoma.

Sermon is very familiar with the Buckeyes and Ohio Stadium. He scored his first college touchdown in the 2017 win over Ohio State. Sermon caught a touchdown pass, ran for 62 yards and helped Oklahoma upset then-No. 2 Ohio State with Baker Mayfield as the Sooners QB.

He chose Ohio State because they needed depth at RB, a leader at that position, best situation for him and felt comfortable with Buckeyes running back coach Tony Alford, who recruited him during his high school days in Marietta, Georgia. Sermon is more than capable if he can stay healthy. Sermon ran for 744 yards as a freshman and 972 yards as a sophomore, but had disappointing numbers last season, rushing 54 times for 395 yards in 2019 in limited action due to an injuries.





    Running Back
    Marietta, Ga.
    Sprayberry HS

Named to Academic All-Big 12 Second Team … played in nine games … injured versus Iowa State (11/9) and missed final five contests … made four starts (vs. Houston, South Dakota, UCLA and Kansas) … rushed for 385 yards and four touchdowns on 54 carries … ranked second on team with 7.1 yards per rush … caught eight passes for 71 yards and a touchdown … carried 11 times for 71 yards (2-yard TD) and caught two passes for 20 yards (15-yard TD) at Kansas (10/5) … ran for 76 yards and pair of scores (1 and 32 yards) on seven carries vs. Texas Tech (9/28) … rushed seven times for 51 yards at UCLA (9/14) … carried nine times for 56 yards and a TD (1 yard) vs. South Dakota (9/7) … rushed 11 times for season-high 91 yards and caught two passes for 20 yards vs. Houston in opener (9/1).

An All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection by league’s coaches … played in all 14 games and made 12 starts … started each of final 12 contests and led team with 13 touchdowns (all rushing) while ranking third with 947 rushing yards (5.8 average on team-high 164 carries) … caught 12 passes for 181 yards … ran for 19 yards and a touchdown against No. 1 Alabama in CFP Semifinal at the Orange Bowl (12/29) … rushed for game-high 65 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in win over No. 9 Texas in Big 12 Championship (12/1) … ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and caught two passes for 33 yards against Oklahoma State (11/10) … registered career highs of 26 carries, 206 yards and three touchdowns at Texas Tech (11/3) … rushed eight times for 58 yards and caught a season-high four passes for 27 yards against Kansas State (10/27) … ran for 110 yards on 17 carries at TCU (10/20) … totaled 117 yards (54 rushing, 63 receiving) and a rushing TD against Texas (10/6) … registered a career-long 51-yard reception against Baylor (9/29) … tallied 119 rushing yards on eight carries against Army (9/22) … rushed for 69 yards and a score on nine carries against Florida Atlantic (9/1).

Named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention for Offensive Freshman of the Year by league’s coaches … played in all 14 games and made three starts … ranked second on team with 744 rushing yards (53.1 per game, 6.1 per carry) and tied for second with five rushing TDs … led Big 12 in yards after contact (4.13 per attempt) according to Pro Football Focus … rushed for at least 80 yards in four contests and at least 90 yards three times … ran for 34 yards on two carries (long of 31) against Georgia in CFP Semifinal at Rose Bowl (1/1) … ran for 63 yards on 10 carries against TCU in Big 12 Championship (12/2) … carried six times for 50 yards against West Virginia (11/25) … ran for 30 yards and a touchdown on five carries at Kansas (11/18) … rushed 10 times for 81 yards and a touchdown at Oklahoma State (11/4) … led team with 96 rushing yards on career-high 20 carries and threw a 42-yard completion on first career pass attempt against Texas (10/14) … ran for team-high 90 yards on 18 carries and set career highs in receptions (5) and receiving yards (54) while catching a TD pass against Iowa State (10/7) … earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors after setting career high with 148 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries (all in fourth quarter) at Baylor (9/23) … gained 22 yards and scored a TD on seven carries against Tulane (9/16) in first career start … recorded 62 rushing yards on 17 attempts and caught three passes for 23 yards and first career TD at Ohio State (9/9) … ran for 51 yards on seven carries in OU debut against UTEP (9/2).

Early enrollee … ranked as a four-star recruit by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout … rated as the 80th overall player in the country by ESPN, 158th overall by 247Sports, 171st overall by Rivals and 236th overall by Scout … tabbed as the No. 9 running back in the country by ESPN, No. 10 by 247Sports, No. 12 by Rivals and No. 19 by Scout … rated by ESPN as the No. 8 recruit in the state of Georgia, No. 15 by Rivals and No. 18 by 247Sports … ran for 1,227 yards and 16 touchdowns on 166 carries (7.4 yards per rush) as a senior … also held offers from Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State and others.

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Former Northland, Harvard Basketball star Seth Towns is returning home to play for Ohio State


Seth Towns shooting a jumper (courtesy Harvard Athletics)

One of the biggest names in the college basketball portal, Seth Towns, has decided to return to his hometown and play for the Buckeyes of Ohio State.

With the definite reality that center Kaleb Wesson will head to the NBA, with the talented swingman Towns on the roster to go along with Kyle Young, E.J. Liddell, Duane Washington, Jr. and Luther Muhammad, Ohio State will definitely have enough talent for more improvement under head coach Chris Holtmann.

It was reported that Towns chose Ohio State over Duke.

Seth Towns

In radio, TV and published reports on Saturday, the Northland Vikings product told why he decided on the hometown Buckeyes: “I’m coming home,” Towns said. “From a basketball standpoint, it makes sense for me. Obviously, there’s no place like home. Coach [Chris] Holtmann and I have developed a really good relationship; I trust him wholly. It’s great, it’s been my childhood dream. I have a painting of me in an Ohio State jersey on my childhood bedroom wall, even still. I got that when I was 2 years old.”

One probably wonders why Towns didn’t want to stay at Harvard where he was still the captain of the team even while he was recovering from his injuries.

Because Harvard doesn’t redshirt players, Towns had to transfer if he wanted to keep playing, which he did.


Height: 6-7
Weight: 215
Year: So
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
High School: Northland
Position: F/G

Career Highs
Points: 31, at Columbia 2/2/18
FG: 11, twice
FGA: 21, at Columbia 2/2/18
3FG: 6, twice
3FGA: 10, vs. Yale 3/11/2017
FT: 9, twice
FTA: 12, twice
Rebounds: 12, twice
Assists: 6, at Cornell 2/3/18
Blocks: 3, vs. Fordham 12/3/2017
Steals: 3, four times
Minutes: 36, at Dartmouth 1/20/18

Towns injured his knee playing in the 2017-2018 season and hasn’t played since. He averaged 16 points and 5.7 rebounds during that season.

Sophomore (2017-18):
AP All-America honorable mention, is the fourth-player in program history to earn the honor … Lou Henson All-American … Ivy League Player of the Year, becomes the fourth Harvard player and third sophomore in league history to win the award … Unanimous All-Ivy League first team selection … USBWA All-District selection … NABC All-District first team … Ivy League Tournament All-Tournament team … Ivy League Player of the Week (Jan. 22) … College Sports Madness All-Mid Major second team … College Sports Madness Ivy League preseason second team … College Sports Madness Ivy League Player of the Week (Jan. 22, 29) … Ivy League Honor Roll eight times … Averaged 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, improved to 18.6 points per game in Ivy play … Scored 20 points with seven rebounds in the season-opener against MIT (Nov. 10) … Had a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds at Holy Cross (Nov. 16) and totaled 17 points and three steals at Manhattan (Nov. 18) … Scored 25 points with six rebounds and six made 3-pointers at Kentucky (Dec. 2) … Kicked off a stretch of 15-straight games in double figures with 12 points against Boston University (Dec. 21) … Scored 20 points at Wofford and netted 26 with five triples at Dartmouth (Jan. 20) … Scored 30 points on 11-for-19 shooting and four triples against Brown (Jan. 27) … Totaled a career-high 31 points with six made threes at Columbia (Feb. 2) … Had 24 points against Brown (Feb. 16) … Had back-to-back 20-point outings with 22 at Penn (Feb. 24) and 20 against Cornell (March 2) … Notched back-to-back double-doubles with 13 and 10 against Columbia (March 3) and 24 and a career-high 12 rebounds against Cornell (March 10) … Averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game at the Ivy League Tournament … Helped Harvard to its sixth Ivy League championship in program history, and its second-ever berth in the NIT.

Freshman (2016-17):
Saw action in 28 games, starting 20, including the last 10 … Second on the team in points … Averaged 12.3 points and 4.4 rebounds … Posted double-figures 18 times and 20-plus four times… Led the team in scoring seven times … Ranks No. 15 in scoring in the Ivy League … In conference-only games, ranks 10th in scoring (13.0 ppg) … In his debut with the Crimson, scored seven points and pulled down three rebounds against Stanford (Nov. 11) … Recorded 2 points against Holy Cross (Nov. 22), adding six boards and five assists … Recorded a career best 17 points, adding six rebounds at UMass (Nov. 26) … Led the team with 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting against George Washington (Nov. 29) … Recorded a monster night with 24 points against Northeastern (Dec. 6), adding six boards and three assists … Posted 18 points, four rebounds and two assists in the win over BC (Dec. 7) … Registered 13 points and four rebounds in the win at Bryant (Jan. 16) … Led the team with 19 points, adding two assists and a steal against Dartmouth (Jan. 21) … Posted his first double-double at Columbia (Jan. 28) with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds … Against Penn (Feb. 3), chipped in 11 points and three rebounds … Poured in 17 points in the 10-point comeback at Brown (Feb. 10) … Named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week after averaging 20.5 points and 5.5 rebounds against Columbia (Feb. 17) and Cornell (Feb. 18) … Ivy League Rookie of the Week Feb. 27 after averaging 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in a 2-0 weekend against Yale and Brown … Set a personal best at Princeton (March 3) with 26 points, adding a team-high eight rebounds.

Four-year starter at Northland High School … Served as captain as a junior and senior … Set school records for points in a career (2,018), single-season (759), and game (47) … Earned first team All-State honors as a junior and senior … Named District Player of the Year as a junior and senior, and first team All-City as a sophomore, junior, and senior …  Also competed in track and field as a junior and in cross country as a senior … Was a member of the National Honor Society … Placed second in the NESB National Tri-Math-A-Lon competition … Named to the Super Honor Roll all 16 quarters of high school … Served as the Stem Club academic chair as a senior and was a peer tutor.


Former Ohio State, NFL star RB Keith Byars elected to College Football Hall of Fame

Keith Byars (courtesy Ohio State Athletics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Keith Byars, the 1984 Heisman Trophy runner-up, first-team All-American and one of the all-time great running backs in Ohio State history, has been selected as a 2020 College Football Hall of Fame inductee. The National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame revealed the class of 2020 today during SportsCenter on ESPN2.

A four-year Buckeye from 1982 through 1985, Byars was Ohio State’s go-to offensive weapon during his time wearing the Scarlet and Gray. His 1984 season was particularly memorable: he led the nation in rushing (1,764 yards, the fifth highest total in Ohio State single-season history), all-purpose yards (2,441) and scoring (144) while guiding the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title and berth in the Rose Bowl. Byars’ all-purpose yards from that prolific 1984 season remain a single-season school record and ranks fourth all-time in the Big Ten.

Byars’ standout game in 1984 came in a comeback win in a comeback win over Illinois in which he rushed for 274 yards and five touchdowns, which is tied for an Ohio State single-game record. On his fourth touchdown of the game, he famously lost his left shoe at the Illini 40 but never broke stride. Byars’ 354 all-purpose yards against Purdue in 1984 also remain a single-game school record.

A 1985 team captain, Byars guided the Buckeyes to four top 15 finishes, including a No. 9 ranking in 1983. He led Ohio State to three wins in four bowl games, highlighted by a victory over Pittsburgh in the 1984 Fiesta Bowl in which he returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and added another score rushing.

After carrying the ball just six times as a true freshman in 1982, Byars burst onto the scene as a sophomore in 1983. He totaled 1,199 yards on 222 carries and scored 20 touchdowns while also averaging 15.6 yards on 23 receptions. In the second week of the season, Byars totaled 132 all-purpose yards as the Buckeyes upset No. 2 Oklahoma, 24-14, in Norman. He went on to earn the first of two consecutive first-team All-Big Ten honors that season.

Despite missing most of his final season with an injury, Byars remains second in Ohio State history with 46 rushing touchdowns and ranks in the top 10 in career all-purpose yards (eighth, 4,369) and career rushing yards (ninth, 3,200). He surpassed 100 yards rushing in 17 games and twice led the Big Ten in rushing while playing for College Football Hall of Fame coach Earle Bruce and alongside Hall of Fame linebacker Chris Spielman. Byars was inducted into the Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.

Following playing days in Columbus, Byars went on to have a 13-year NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles (1986-92), Miami Dolphins (1993-96), New England Patriots (1996-97) and New York Jets (1998). He was a Pro Bowl selection in 1993 and played in Super Bowl XXXI with the Patriots.

Byars will be the 26th Buckeye player to be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Ohio State Players in the College Football Hall of Fame
Year     Name, Pos.
2020*    Keith Byars, RB
2016    Tom Cousineau, LB
2014    Orlando Pace, LT
2012    Eddie George, RB
2009    Chris Spielman, LB
2007    Rex Kern, QB
2005    Jim Houston, E
2004    Jack Tatum, DB
2001    John Hicks, OT
1998    Randy Gradishar, LB
1996    Bob Ferguson, FB
1991    Jim Stillwagon, DT
1989    Aurealius Thomas, G
1986    Archie Griffin, RB
1984    Warren Amling, G/T
1979    Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, RB
1978    Gomer Jones, C
1977    Jim Daniel, T
1976    Vic Janowicz, HB
1975    Gust Zarnas, G
1974    Jim Parker, G
1973    Gaylord Stinchcomb, HB
1971    Bill Willis, T
1969    Les Horvath, QB
1954    Wes Fesler, E
1951    Chic Harley, HB

*Formal enshrinement ceremony in December 2020





Ohio State Rifle Team Season concluded at NCAA Qualifier

Ariel Hall earns individual spot at the 2020 National Championships (March 13-14)


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University rifle team competed at the NCAA Qualifier over the weekend, posting a team score of 4,651. The squad was led by sophomore Ariel Hall who fired an aggregate score of 1,167.


“I want to first start out by thanking our two seniors Rhiann Travis and Jacob Buchanan” said head coach Ryan Tanoue. “They have been fantastic teammates, competitors, and friends over these past four years and it was very bittersweet to see their Ohio State careers come to a close on Saturday. The qualifier is always a challenging match and I felt that it turned out to be one of our best overall team performances of the season top to bottom with several individuals competing at season-best levels. Ariel [Hall] had a really great performance in air rifle which will give her the opportunity to compete at the NCAA Championships next month (March 13-14). We are very much looking forward to the official announcement of her selection on Tuesday.”

Ariel Hall


In smallbore the Buckeyes fired a score of 2,295 led by senior Rhiann Travis who posted a score of 577. She was followed by fellow senior Jacob Buchanan (575), Ariel Hall (573), and sophomores Annie Tomb (570), and Annabelle Stanec (564) who rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes. The freshman pair of Katie Ezell (571), and Natalie Katsuyama (570) led the way for the individuals. Both Natalie and junior Mica Harr (564) fired season best scores on Saturday. Freshman Joel Potts (557), and juniors Jared Minor (556), and Megan Wilcoxson (536) rounded out individual scoring.


In air rifle the Buckeyes posted a team score of 2,356 paced by Hall’s 594. She was followed by Tomb and Ezell who both fired scores of 588. Travis (586), and Buchanan (585) rounded out team scoring. Katsuyama, Harr, and Stanec led the way for the individuals with scores of 583, 582, and 581, respectively. Minor posted a score of 580, Potts equaled his season-best with a score of 579, and Wilcoxson rounded out individual scoring with a 563.






11 Ohio State Buckeyes participating at 2020 NFL Combine











Ohio State has had 71 total combine invites since 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Eleven Ohio State Buckeyes are participating in the NFL Scouting Combine, which is taking place now through March 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Ohio State has the second-most players attending this combine.

Buckeyes who received invites were: CB Damon Arnette, RB J.K. Dobbins, SAF Jordan Fuller, DT DaVon Hamilton, LB Malik Harrison, WR K.J. Hill, OG Jonah Jackson, WR Austin Mack, CB Jeff Okudah, WR Binjimen Victor and DE Chase Young.

Tentative 2020 NFL Scouting Combine On-Field Workout Schedule
Thursday, Feb. 27 – Tight ends, quarterbacks and wide receivers
Friday, Feb. 28 – Kickers, special teams, offensive linemen and running backs
Saturday, Feb. 29 – Defensive line and linebackers
Sunday, Match 1 – Defensive backs

Coverage concludes on Sunday with the defensive backs from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Ohio State’s 2020 contingent increases the total number of Buckeyes who have been invited to the combine to 71 over the last eight seasons, including a nation’s-best total of 54 in the last five seasons. The Buckeyes have had three or more players at all nine positions invited to the combine over the last eight years.

Ohio State’s NFL Combine Invites by Position – 2013-20
Defensive Back – 14 (nine cornerbacks, five safeties)
Wide Receiver – 13
Defensive Line – 12
Offensive Line – 10
Linebacker – 9
Tight End – 4
Running Back – 5
Quarterback – 3
Punter – 1

Most Combine Invites By School (2020)
1. LSU – 16
2 (tie). Ohio State – 11
Michigan – 11
4 (tie). Alabama – 10
Georgia – 10
6 (tie). Auburn – 9
Notre Dame – 9
Utah – 9

Ohio State’s 71 NFL Combine Invites – 2013-20
*Indicates players selected in the NFL Draft

2020 (11)
CB Damon Arnette
RB J.K. Dobbins
SAF Jordan Fuller
DT DaVon HamiltonCombine
LB Malik Harrison
WR K.J. Hill
OG Jonah Jackson
WR Austin Mack
CB Jeff Okudah
WR Binjimen Victor
DE Chase Young

2019 (10)
DE Nick Bosa*
WR Parris Campbell*
WR Johnnie Dixon
QB Dwayne Haskins*
DT Dre’mont Jones*
OL Michael Jordan*
WR Terry McLaurin*
OT Isaiah Prince*
CB Kendall Sheffield*
RB Mike Weber*

2018 (11)
LB Jerome Baker*
QB J.T. Barrett
TE Marcus Baugh
DE Jalyn Holmes*=
DE Sam Hubbard*
OT Jamarco Jones*
DE Tyquan Lewis*
C Billy Price*
CB Denzel Ward*
S Damon Webb
LB Chris Worley

2017 (8)
WR Noah Brown*
CB Gareon Conley*
C Pat Elflein*
SAF Malik Hooker*
P Cameron Johnston
CB Marshon Lattimore*
LB Raekwon McMillan*
H-B Curtis Samuel*

2016 (14)
CB Eli Apple*
SAF Vonn Bell*
DE Joey Bosa*
OT Taylor Decker*
RB Ezekiel Elliott*
QB Cardale Jones*
LB Darron Lee*
H-B Jalin Marshall
WR Braxton Miller*
LB Joshua Perry*
SAF Tyvis Powell
WR Michael Thomas*
TE Nick Vannett*
DT Adolphus Washington*

2015 (4)
DT Michael Bennett*
CB Doran Grant*
TE Jeff Heuerman*
WR Devin Smith*

2014 (6)
WR Corey Brown
RB Carlos Hyde*
C Corey Linsley*
OL Jack Mewhort*
CB Bradley Roby*
LB Ryan Shazier*

2013 (7)
FB Zach Boren
OT Reid Fragel*
DT Jonathan Hankins*
LB Etienne Sabino
LB John Simon*
TE Jake Stoneburner
DE Nathan Williams






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